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KFC and We’re Not Talkin’ Chicken
Kids gather for SYATP ~ see you tube video ~ article follows
KFC and we’re not talkin’ Chicken
Sunrise had not occurred yet, but he was wide- awake. It was a weekday, before school, same as most days, but not to him. That day was special. On a special day, he and some friends would stand up for what they believe in. Now, this may appear to be a simple task, not such a big deal if they were going to a private school, but this event was being held at the local high school. The meeting would be blatantly positive in the midst of hundreds of students as they walked by on a public campus. That day they would join schools across our great country for a meeting. Now for many the meeting may have been irrelevant, but to this kid, it meant everything.
They are a group called, Kids For Christ, yep, that’s what I said, “K-F-C- and we’re not talkin' chicken.” We have many of them in our midst, maybe they are under a hoodie. Perhaps they are afraid to speak up for fear of attack on a daily basis. On this day, however, the day when they go to the pole as a unified group, they will lift one another up. Boldly standing like the army of God that surrounded Jericho. They will not be afraid, they will trust in their Heavenly Father, they will not stand alone.
The event is called, SEE YOU AT THE POLE. This was the day Kids For Christ stood boldly in front of their school at the flagpole. The very flagpole, which represents, One Nation Under God, and on this day they wanted to stand up for their belief in Christ. They were feeling a passion an eagerness to share. Hoping in these moments their stance could possibly change, one life? Just one, maybe twelve, only God knows the outcomes. They had immense faith that their stance would make a difference. Hoping to be the smile that stops a kid from hurting, the sign that a lost soul would unknowingly be seeking. They were shining their light together for Christ their Saviour, freely, in a country where they could!
A few days before this event he had gleamed as he shared the details of what this one morning would entail. He explained, “Each of us will get to pick a verse and we will pray together.
He went on to say, “We will meet at six forty-five in the morning and gather there for about forty-five minutes.”
The night before the event he was so excited, the same excitement he has had a big baseball game or fun youth event. He is quite the sports lover and most mornings involve a quiet breakfast with the sports channel, giving him a nice review of the weekly sporting events. He is always happy to see a play- by- play update of his favorite sports teams. He usually inhales some form of breakfast while following the sports news.
That morning, however, was the day he would be allowed to honor his most favorite team of all, God’s team. That very special day he would be permitted to share the Good News of Christ, who burns brightly in his heart.
Please let's not kick God to the curb
As we know in current times within our society, God has been kicked to the curb, so to speak, in public establishments and or settings. To mention His Holy name is seen as some form of state treason.
This is so ironic given the definition of treason is a betrayal of trust or breach of faith. We as a people must find this amusing and confusing when our forefathers built this country on faith as on our currency it states, “In God We Trust.” Our pledge of allegiance to the very flags that many stood by on the “See You At The Pole Day,” was one created and displayed to bring reverence and loyalty to our, “One Nation Under God.”
So yes the KFC kids were beyond excited that on that one day they would be permitted to stand outside of their various buildings across this great nation and say, things like
Titus 3:5 NLV
When God Our Savior revealed his kindness and love, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
This verse was one that our son felt called to share with us, as to his feeling about that moment in time. His daily walk with Christ is one that we as his parents, admire. To be so bold in his faith is such an amazing blessing to watch, the joy of this day being as important to him, as a big game or any teen event is, well, humbling, to say the least. We couldn’t have been prouder of his conviction for sharing his complete love and respect for his Father in Heaven.
I must say as I drove him to the school, I had the tiniest of pangs in my heart. This pang was a mix of emotions, after all, I am a mom, right? First, pure admiration for Our Father in Heaven, second, joy, for the conviction He had placed on our son’s heart beginning at such a young age and continuing with such strong and faithful persistence that very day and many following.
I am in awe of the work God is doing in both of our children or should I say, young adults. I was reminded again that they and all children are truly His and we are merely granted guardianship of them for a short time.
I also admit I briefly entertained the risk these kids were taking to place themselves before their public school, after advertising they would be standing for their faith in God, right there at the pole. Just as quickly as I allowed this thought I put it to rest knowing no matter what, God has all in His control and it is not of my concern. Our son and those standing with him were called. They were called to get up earlier, they were called to secure rides, and they were called to come prepared and Christ called them.
I hope and pray we all listen for our callings from Christ. He sacrificed so much for you. I must share my slight disappointment that the pole was not flooded with an overwhelming presence of kids, that great morning. As I drove by one last time before heading home I noticed plenty of wiggle room. Wiggle room is quite all right, though. God gives us that. He gives us wiggle room. I suppose it's what we do with that wiggle room that matters?
I pray you are wiggling in hope and faith and are bathed in God’s love. I pray you wiggle your way right into the arms of your Father in heaven. I pray you’re led and guided by the lifting of the Holy Spirit and I pray you accept Christ into your hearts. If these kids can be an example, it must be worth looking into, what do you say? How about not being chicken and trying to be a Kid For Christ. How about being an adult for Christ, how about trusting that He has great plans for those who call upon His name? Maybe just start with "Hello God it's me, you know me, your kid, I wanted to know if you have a minute?
Peace In Your Stages